For centuries people have sought the natural beauty of wood to use as flooring. At one time hardwood flooring was fairly simple. The wood flooring planks were cut from large logs, milled into planks, nailed down, stained and then finished in your home. These early wood floors were mainly 3/4" thick, 2-1/4" wide, solid strip planks that were waxed after being stained. For example, 3/4" by 2-1/4" wide, solid oak flooring was extremely popular in many homes. There were also wide pine planks used in some areas and was popular during the colonial period.